Arsenal will face Everton and potentially the UCL second leg qualifier against Besiktas without the services of captain Mikel Arteta, with reports suggesting he has sprained an ankle.
The Spaniard will sit out Arsenal’s upcoming fixtures prior to the international break at least with the midfield set to undergo scans to discover the full extent of the injury.
Wenger has confirmed Arteta’s absence ahead of this weekends tie with the midfielder’s former club Everton, however there are no fresh injuries which is a welcomed bonus.
Arsenal’s German trio of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski were targeted to be ready for this weekends Premier League fixture, and while Wenger believes some of the three should be ready not all will be involved due to their extended summer break.
The Gunners boss told Arsenal’s official website:
We just have Mikel Arteta who is out for sure from the Everton game. Everybody else we have to check this morning, but we have no major [new] problems apart from him compared to Besiktas.
[on the return of the three Germans] I will check of course today and tomorrow to see if they will be available for selection. That is a target I fixed to them to prepare to be ready for selection against Everton. Will I use the three? Certainly not because they lack competition but they might be included for Saturday.
Predicted lineup to follow…